Hitmen gassed by Tigers

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen took a trip into the Tigers den and got mauled.

It's bye-bye four-game win streak and yet another loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers after a 4-1 defeat last night in the Gas City, thanks to some stellar goaltending from Tigers backup Matt Keetley.

With the loss, the Hitmen are 0-5 against the Tigers this season and five points behind their nemesis for second place in the WHL's Central Division.

After the game, Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio credited Keetley, who started ahead of Kevin Nastiuk, with a great performance.

"We outshot them fairly badly and we deserved a better fate. He made some big-time saves, that's for sure," said Kisio, whose club held a 37-20 shot advantage.

"We had lots of chances to score and make things happen and he made excellent saves."

Keetley's best stop came on Brodie Dupont in the third period. He robbed the rookie Hitmen winger by coming across the crease and getting a pad on Dupont's open-net shot.

After a scoreless opening period, the Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 3:32 mark of the second when Cody Blanshan's powerplay bullet from the point beat a screened Justin Pogge.

Three minutes later, Kieran Block scored a shorthanded goal that stood as the winner.

The Tigers went up 4-0 in the third on goals by Darren Helm and Canadian junior team standout Clarke MacArthur.

Calgary's Konstantin Pushkarev, with his seventh goal in nine games, ruined Keetley's shutout bid at 18:12 of the final frame.

With the triumph, the Tigers improve to 26-13-3-2 and are 15-3-1-1 at home, while Calgary drops to 22-16-6-2.


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